Enjoy the Festive Season and Tour Provence this December
Provence is magical during the holiday season, and December is a wonderful time to visit the South of France.
The festivities begin in mid-November, running right through early January. The sparkling, festive ambience of Europe’s Christmas markets is legendary. The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is one of the largest in France, with 2+ million visitors attending during the month-long market. Although smaller than Strasbourg, the holiday markets in Provence are equally joyful.
Provence in December
In December, the weather in Provence is warmer than in northern France, and the holiday events in the south deliver plenty of seasonal flair and gourmet temptations. Provencal holiday traditions are deeply rooted and tied to religion and food. Holiday markets dazzle with sparkling white lights while clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise perfume the air. Marketgoers gather over a glass (or two) of vin chaud, enjoying the festive season with animated discussion and hearty laughs.
Martine of Goût et Voyage is booking spots on her Provence for the Holidays tour that runs December 11 – 17th (see details below). Spend a week exploring the region is the pre-Christmas period on this fully escorted tour. A “Taste of Provence for the Holidays” – promises a delightful combination of seasonal shopping, gastronomic discoveries, and an introduction to the region’s cultural traditions.
What to Expect?
Provence warms the heart every season, and winter is no exception. A Taste of Provence for the Holidays includes many of the same highlights from the Goût et Voyage regular tours; cultural visits, gourmet meals, cooking classes and wine tasting. Goût et Voyage guests stay in a charming boutique hotel in St Remy de Provence. From arrival at the Avignon TGV station to the return a week later, everything is included and expertly coordinated by Martine.
Enjoy hands-on cooking classes and delicious results, including hardier Provencal dishes such as bouillabaisse, beef daube, and pintade farcie (stuffed guinea hen with foie gras). You will also learn about the traditional 13 desserts of Christmas in Provence, including sweet and savoury versions of fougasse.
Provence Holidays and Traditions
The group will visit the Marché de Noël in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, where the market stands inside small wooden cabins that line the famous Cours Mirabeau. Walk in the footsteps of painter Paul Cézanne who lived in Aix and painted many of his brilliant canvases in the countryside. The markets in Provence are legendary, but every village turns on the charm in December. First, discover the history behind the santons (little saints). Then, begin collecting figures for your Christmas creche at the Foire aux Santons in Marseille or Aix-en-Provence.
“Provence has its charms every season and winter is no exception. The festively decorated shops, the village Christmas markets and the soul-warming dishes you’ll prepare are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.” ~Martine Bertin-Peterson
What is included in the Taste of Provence for the Holidays tour?
• December 11 – 17, 2022
• 7 days/ 6 nights, fully escorted, all-inclusive from Avignon, multi-lingual guide
• Pick-up and transfer to and from Avignon TGV station
• Accommodations at an elegant boutique hotel
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily
• Travel by private vehicle throughout your trip
• Cooking classes, winery tours, tastings as per itinerary
• Entrance fees (museums, historic sites, et al.) as per itinerary
• No single supplements or hidden fees!
• Tips and Taxes
• Flexible booking terms